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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Oct 2, 2010 8:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1976

For this show you have a choice between two really lousy audience sources. The Moore/Weiner source seems marginally better. But these shows can sometimes be surprisingly good despite the recording quality. So if you’re going to listen to this one, I highly recommend downloading it first and EQ’ing the shit out of it and bumping up the preamp a few notches.

The crowd seems really amped up after a great Promised Land opener. The band moves swiftly into TLEO – the slower pace of this song one of the hallmarks of post-hiatus Dead (not a good decision, imo). Sound quality is somehow much improved by the time they get to Minglewood. Still not great, but much more listenable. Minglewood packs a big Bobby punch, but nothing unusual for the era yet, though it is chock full of typically great 76 Jerry jams. During Jimmy, Jerry kicks out verse after mellifluous verse on the slide before settling back to the vocals again. El Paso makes a nice chaser, with the band delivering a typically fine version of this classic. Bobby tells the crowd to quit throwing things at the band or else “we’re gonna start throwing ‘em back.” Tennessee Jed is fine, but nothing special at first. The jam does get pretty tasty though before the final refrain. Bobby asks the crowd to step back so the folks in front don’t get crushed – an eerie foreshadowing of the 1979 tragedy when eleven people were crushed to death trying to get into a Who concert at the same venue in Cinci. Then the boys start rockin, firing off the one-two punch of All Over Now and Brown Eyed Women. There’s some big explosion during BEW – don’t know if it’s an equipment problem or an m-80 or what. A lively Let it Grow signals that the first set is near to closing. This and the next number, Might as Well, are included in the Spirit of 76 bonus disc from the New Year’s Eve 76 release, so at least a couple of tracks from this show are really nice quality (if you have that CD!). These were good choices for release – a nice tight, energetic LIG and a hot Might as Well. My oh my does this Garcia kid know how to play guitar! That’s the spirit of ‘76 alright! Turn this shit up!

This show has a really curious looking second set, much more in the early 70s style than what would come in 77 and beyond. Not in terms of song selection as much as in the way it flows: they play several one-off songs in a row, as if it were simply an extension of the first set. It takes Jerry a little bit to find the groove on Music, but they get there, and follow up with a rare second set Candyman. Samson gets them rocking again, only to have Roses bring it back down to earth. A weird set list for sure—great songs, but weird flow. Big River and FOTD continue the first set feel, before settling into a beautiful Dancin>Drums>Other One>Stella>Other One>Sugar Mag sequence to close the show. Nice Dancin settles into a groovy jam, then descends into drums before a sort of weird transition into The Other One. Jerry builds the tempo up with dexterous little jams before Phil explodes again and the first verse begins. They really turn up the energy on a TOO that started out a little iffy. This Other One is split by a good Stella. After TOO reprise they finish with a strong Sugar Mag.

Highlights: Let it Grow, Dancin>Drums>TOO>Stella>TOO